Treat Mom on her special day
Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Bask in elegance in the Georgian restaurant, with high ceilings and walls painted 11 shades of yellow. Tea includes smoked salmon on pumpernickel, a Pike Place Market fruit tart, and more. 2–4 daily; $25. 411 University St.; www.fairmont.com/seattle or 206/621-1700.
Queen Mary Tearoom. Choose from 60 kinds of tea, including herbal blends and maté. First comes a trio of fresh-fruit sorbets, followed by a three-tiered service laden with finger sandwiches, tiny tartlets, and crumpets. 9–4 Wed–Sun; $22. 2912 N.E. 55th St.; www.queenmarytearoom.com or 206/527-2770.
Scottish Tea Shop. Feast on authentic Scottish foods such as oatcakes, chutney, and gingerbread in this tea shop housed inside an Arts and Crafts home. Next door there are Edinburgh crystal and teapots for sale. 10–5 Tue–Sat; $12. 1121 34th Ave.; www.scottishteashop.com or 206/324-6034.
Sorrento Hotel. For Old World charm and European opulence, take tea in the mahogany-paneled Fireside Room of this historic hotel. Nibble on bite-size curried chicken in tiny pastry boats and perfect apricot-cherry scones. 3–5 daily; $28. 900 Madison St.; www.hotelsorrento.com or 206/622-6400.
The Woodmark Hotel. In this lakeside hotel, adults enjoy sweets and savories served on bone china; kids get peanut butter-and-jam finger sandwiches and petit fours. 2–4 daily; $25, $10 ages 12 and under. 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland; www.thewoodmark.com/tea.htm or 800/822-3700.